1/17/15…West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. Texas Longhorns @ Frank Erwin Center

Scan copyMy first college basketball game.  I was so excited!!  When I made the decision to start watching college sports last year, I knew I would get hooked on college basketball.  I’m very lucky that the University of Texas has a very strong program, coach, and  team.  I knew I wanted to try going to a game, but the perfect game turned out to be against my co-worker’s rival school, West Virginia.  When I told him when they would be playing, he was all in for going to the game too.  So the two of us, along with our non-basketball friend, all went to the game.  We had some transportation issues getting there so we missed about half of the first half, but at least we made it.  On our way to the arena, we walked past a bar with a bunch of Texas fans standing outside on the patio.  Since my friend, David, went to West Virginia, he was proudly sporting his blue Mountaineers tee-shirt.  Well, these Texas fans did NOT approve and proceeded to loudly boo him as we walked by.  It was HILARIOUS!!  David tried to defend himself, but with no luck.  They just kept on booing, with my encouragement.  I knew that with their two losses to Oklahoma schools in their preceding two games that Texas would come out with a huge edge in this game.  But David could not keep from the shit talking.  I just shook my head and told him, ‘you’ll see.’  And of course by the time we got to Frank Erwin Center, the Longhorns already had a significant lead against the Mountaineers.  The lead only grew by halftime.

Now that's a pretty halftime score.

Now that’s a pretty halftime score.

Texas played their hearts out.  They played hard, they played with fight & passion, and they never gave up, even when they had the game firmly in hand.  I loved it!!!  Even David couldn’t help cheering for some of the plays they made.  There were quite a few that got loud yells from me too.  It really was a great game.  Even our friend Kelly, who barely knew what was going on, enjoyed the game.

We had some nosebleed seats, but still had the perfect view of all the action.  I really like the group of guys that Texas has playing for them this year, so it was a treat to see them play live.  They ended the game strong and won with a resounding 77-50 finish.  No doubt who the stronger team was that night.  Hopefully I get to see them play again this year.  Hook ’em!

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